Google Launches New Map Service

DOOManiacDOOManiac Worst. Critic. Ever. Join Date: 2002-04-17 Member: 462Posts: 8,597Members, NS1 Playtester
edited February 2005 in Off-Topic
maps.google.com

This thing is very, very slick.

You start off w/ a zoomed out map of the US, you can zoom in and it streams you the images of the streets as it generates them. That's a neat trick, but the part that's really impressive is when you search for something.

You can search for a location either by name or address, and it will add relative spots to the map. The slick part is that if you click on the tear-drop shaped icon it'll center the map to that location and pop up a window telling you all about that place. Address, phone number, and even a URL if available.

And of course you can spell it wrong, and autocorrect helps you out.

Once again, all praise Google. May they crush their enemies into tiny bits.

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  • aonomusaonomus Dedicated NS Mastermind (no need for school) Join Date: 2003-11-26 Member: 23605Posts: 622Members, Constellation
    It also has road maps of Canada, and interestingly enough, also hawii....
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  • MendaspMendasp I touch maps in inappropriate places Valencia, Spain Join Date: 2002-07-05 Member: 884Posts: 3,886Members, NS1 Playtester, Contributor, Constellation, NS2 Playtester, Squad Five Gold, NS2 Map Tester, Reinforced - Shadow, WC 2013 - Shadow, Community Dev Team
  • 2_of_Eight2_of_Eight Join Date: 2003-08-20 Member: 20016Posts: 2,511Members
    Ooh, this is amazing.
    *praises Google*
    Google wins at everything; email, search, now maps, and the plethora of other nifty gadgets that they have (in Google labs).
    This is great, it's so easy to use, and so incredibly fast! I found my street within maybe 20 seconds, just by zooming it (not by using address). Whee.
  • DOOManiacDOOManiac Worst. Critic. Ever. Join Date: 2002-04-17 Member: 462Posts: 8,597Members, NS1 Playtester
    I hope that in 10 years Google attempts to make an operating system.

    GoogleOS.

    I'd use it. :D
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  • Marik_SteeleMarik_Steele To rule in hell... Join Date: 2002-11-20 Member: 9466Posts: 4,202Members mod
    edited February 2005
    QUOTE (DOOManiac @ Feb 8 2005, 05:30 PM)
    I hope that in 10 years Google attempts to make an operating system.

    GoogleOS.

    I'd use it. biggrin-fix.gif

    You'd be surprised how many rumormongers have already claimed to hear that it's in the works right now.

    And considering that one of their awesome combination puzzle/job application schemes recently involved a question like "Name 10 things you would change about Unix," it really doesn't surprise me.

    [edit]Ah, I found it again. My previous quote was slightly off, the actual question is "What's broken with Unix? How would you fix it?" It's on the 2nd page of the Google Labs Aptitute Test, which totally pwns the SAT.
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  • EpidemicEpidemic Dark Force Gorge Join Date: 2003-06-29 Member: 17781Posts: 3,104Members
    Only USA? wow.gif Would've been cool if it encompassed all of the western world.
    I saw a radscorpion the other day.
  • Cold_NiTeCold_NiTe Join Date: 2003-09-15 Member: 20875Posts: 6,073Members
    Oh my god. Google just kicked Mapquest's ****.

    Is there anything they can't do?
  • EpidemicEpidemic Dark Force Gorge Join Date: 2003-06-29 Member: 17781Posts: 3,104Members
    QUOTE (Cold NiTe @ Feb 8 2005, 11:37 AM)
    Oh my god. Google just kicked Mapquest's ****.

    Is there anything they can't do?

    Make money from it? smile-fix.gif
    I saw a radscorpion the other day.
  • Cold_NiTeCold_NiTe Join Date: 2003-09-15 Member: 20875Posts: 6,073Members
    QUOTE (Epidemic @ Feb 8 2005, 05:38 PM)
    QUOTE (Cold NiTe @ Feb 8 2005, 11:37 AM)
    Oh my god.  Google just kicked Mapquest's ****.

    Is there anything they can't do?

    Make money from it? smile-fix.gif

    Agreed.
  • EpidemicEpidemic Dark Force Gorge Join Date: 2003-06-29 Member: 17781Posts: 3,104Members
    QUOTE (Cold NiTe @ Feb 8 2005, 11:40 AM)
    QUOTE (Epidemic @ Feb 8 2005, 05:38 PM)
    QUOTE (Cold NiTe @ Feb 8 2005, 11:37 AM)
    Oh my god.  Google just kicked Mapquest's ****.

    Is there anything they can't do?

    Make money from it? smile-fix.gif

    Agreed.

    Or wait, maybe they will have companies pay to have their name accented somehow tounge.gif
    I saw a radscorpion the other day.
  • TyrainTyrain Join Date: 2003-01-03 Member: 11746Posts: 1,833Members
    Although it's US only this totaly owns. It'd be great for the rest of the world.
    QUOTE(Nil Q @ June 15 2005, 3:02 PM)
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  • 2_of_Eight2_of_Eight Join Date: 2003-08-20 Member: 20016Posts: 2,511Members
    QUOTE (Tyrain @ Feb 8 2005, 06:46 PM)
    Although it's US only this totaly owns. It'd be great for the rest of the world.

    It's Canada too, actually.
  • BelgarionBelgarion Join Date: 2002-07-19 Member: 973Posts: 898Members
    my goodness. you people. it's amazing that it exists, but is that not enough for you? Do you really PLAN on going to other countries and using google map to get around? I understand if you live in another country that's a different story, but jeeze, it just started. give it some time.
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  • EpidemicEpidemic Dark Force Gorge Join Date: 2003-06-29 Member: 17781Posts: 3,104Members
    QUOTE (Belgarion @ Feb 8 2005, 11:51 AM)
    my goodness. you people. it's amazing that it exists, but is that not enough for you? Do you really PLAN on going to other countries and using google map to get around? I understand if you live in another country that's a different story, but jeeze, it just started. give it some time.

    Geez, you answered yourself tounge.gif
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  • Mad_ManMad_Man Join Date: 2003-06-13 Member: 17359Posts: 436Members, Constellation
    I will give it credit that it just started but I think mapquest has the upper hand right now as googles map search isnt too good. It wont let me search sun then a wild card in a city
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    QUOTE (DOOManiac @ Feb 8 2005, 05:30 PM)
    I hope that in 10 years Google attempts to make an operating system.

    GoogleOS.

    I'd use it. biggrin-fix.gif

    I wish Google would make a HL2 mod... I'd play that
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    QUOTE (Belgarion @ Feb 8 2005, 11:51 PM)
    my goodness. you people. it's amazing that it exists, but is that not enough for you? Do you really PLAN on going to other countries and using google map to get around? I understand if you live in another country that's a different story, but jeeze, it just started. give it some time.

    Uhh well thats why I want it to be the rest of the world or atleast europe wink-fix.gif

    Hehe HL²:G the "search" for the "G"-Man. Find him while using google to get hints which pronsites he visited!
    QUOTE(Nil Q @ June 15 2005, 3:02 PM)
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  • im_lostim_lost TWG Rule Guru Join Date: 2003-04-26 Member: 15861Posts: 3,925Members
    How does google make money off of their services in general? They have sponsored links with their search results to make them money. They have text ads with their email, but you can download the email and never see the ads. Their map service doesn't even seem to have ads. How do they stay in business? Do sponsored ads in search results pay for everything?
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  • JaegerJaeger Join Date: 2002-11-28 Member: 10202Posts: 839Members
    Sponsored ads and stock sales. Google makes a ton of money just by providing enough free services that the sheer amount of traffic they get pays for itself.
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  • JezpuhJezpuh Join Date: 2003-04-03 Member: 15157Posts: 4,109Banned
    Needs more Europe.
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  • SkySky Join Date: 2004-04-23 Member: 28131Posts: 3,669Members
    Anyone wanna take a guess how many man-hours we're looking at here?
    To Europeans: it's not like they're not going to make a Europe edition. You'd rather they wait to release it until they have the entire globe covered?
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  • LokeTheSleekPeruvianLokeTheSleekPeruvian Join Date: 2003-08-21 Member: 20054Posts: 670Members
    Google Maps: Europe an expansion for Google Maps.
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  • marcemarce Join Date: 2004-08-24 Member: 30869Posts: 466Members
    Anyone else think that with all the expansion Google is doing that soon enough it'll rename itself something silly like "Umbrella"?
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    QUOTE (2 of Eight @ Feb 8 2005, 02:47 PM)
    QUOTE (Tyrain @ Feb 8 2005, 06:46 PM)
    Although it's US only this totaly owns. It'd be great for the rest of the world.

    It's Canada too, actually.

    and Puerto Rico, or so it would seem.
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  • Private_ColemanPrivate_Coleman PhD in Video Games Join Date: 2002-11-07 Member: 7510Posts: 2,415Members
    I like how they make it seems like their land mass is virtually the only one on earth, with neverending ocean.
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  • GwahirGwahir Join Date: 2002-04-24 Member: 513Posts: 4,272Members, Constellation
    I'm sure they have businesses pay to have their location pop up on the map like that.
    And those sponsored ads generate more than you'd think. I did some work researching that. They can get a few thousand a day from a single link.
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  • ScytheScythe Join Date: 2002-01-25 Member: 46Posts: 4,371NS1 Playtester, Forum Moderators, Constellation, Reinforced - Silver mod
    Grr. I love google, but I hate american bigotry.

    I'M TORN! sad-fix.gif

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  • Mad_ManMad_Man Join Date: 2003-06-13 Member: 17359Posts: 436Members, Constellation
    I can see google making a new revolutlizing AI and calling it googleGuy then it running for president and winning
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  • Someone_r_c_tmSomeone_r_c_tm Join Date: 2003-11-13 Member: 22810Posts: 72Members
    edited February 2005
    On the topic of google try searching for "Failure" in google. Although I suppose everyone already knows about it.
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  • TychoCelchuuuTychoCelchuuu Anememone Join Date: 2002-03-23 Member: 345Posts: 10,501Members
    QUOTE (Scythe @ Feb 9 2005, 04:04 AM)
    Grr. I love google, but I hate american bigotry.

    I'M TORN! sad-fix.gif

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    Uh, it's a beta. Where do YOU suggest they start? Ethiopia?

    They're a publicly traded American company with stockholders to satisfy. They can either take 4 years mapping the rest of the world THEN release the awesome mapping service, or put it out in beta like they do everything else and be the awesome company they are. It's not bigotry, it's common sense.
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    What is wrong with being a racist?

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